Consuming Politics - news and advertising media portrait from Northern Ireland records 1997 & 1998.

'Over the course of a few months, Amanda recorded clips from television commercials and the nightly news reports in Belfast. Consuming Politics consists of two monitors placed back to back that transmit these collected recordings, one showing the commercials, and one the news. But the artist has switched the sound tracks. The result is a bit confounding and highly entertaining. Stone-faced politicians and soldiers are now selling washing powder while happy housewives are commenting on death and destruction. Sometimes the "fit" is uncanny. Dunsmore's clever ploy underscores the ridiculousness of both the political situation and the brain-washing ads, and hints at the real relationship between money, politics and violence in the capitalist consumer society'. Mary Rozell Hopkins Art News 1998